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Home Shortage in Sequim

Is there a home shortage in Sequim? Yes. If you’re buyer shopping for a home in the Sequim area, you know this. Many buyers are looking on the Sequim MLS every day, but the inventory is so low, they can’t find what they want within their budget.

The Home Shortage in Sequim

For example, I’m on hunt for a home for a client, and he and his wife have very specific parameters, but not unusual parameters. They want what so many other retirees want–a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, single level home,  a minimum of 1700 square feet, on a somewhat private lot which typically means an acre in Sequim. The vast majority of retirees moving to Sequim are not at all interested living in a subdivision where homes are packed onto postage sized lots where you look out your kitchen window and waive at your neighbor who is also at their kitchen window only 10 feet away. Yes, I know, some retirees are buying those homes, but who are those people and why on earth are they moving to Sequim? LOL. Sorry, but this is called real estate humor. I know, I need to get a life.

Yesterday I searched for homes based on my buyer’s parameters, and within their budget of $400,000 to $450,000, only two homes are currently listed. That’s just nuts. The home shortage is real. One of the homes was so bad I wouldn’t show it to my dog, and the other one is on one of the busiest roads in the country. Far too noisy. (more…)

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A backup offer is used quite a bit in metropolitan areas and busy markets where there are lots of sales and a lot of competition. But that doesn’t describe the Sequim real estate market, does it? A backup offer might still be a good idea in Sequim, but when would it be an act of futility, and how can you go about gathering the information you need to decide whether to make a backup offer?

Backup Offer General Practices in Sequim

Backup Offer

A backup offer is simply an offer, just like any other offer, it just happens to be behind a primary offer that has already been accepted by the sellers. A backup offer might be submitted in a very competitive market where there is a practical possibility that the primary offer will fall through, in which case the backup offer automatically steps into first position. The seller is obligated to close under the terms of the backup offer if they accepted the backup offer earlier.  (more…)

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There is a Sequim bell curve in real estate, and after working with hundreds of buyers retiring to Sequim, that bell curve pattern has become clear.  At least 2/3rds of all retirees are looking for the same property, a single level, three bedroom, two bath home on a nice lot, preferably with a mountain or water view (but not if it costs a lot more), a nice modern kitchen, a two car garage, and not far out of town.  Anywhere from 1,800 square feet to as much as 2,600 square feet is good.  A low maintenance yard would be preferable.  Neighbors are fine as long as you have some privacy.  The more the better.  Does this all sound familiar?  Here’s what the Sequim bell curve looks like.

Sequim Bell Curve Representing Buyer Preferences

The Sequim Bell Curve

Sequim Bell Curve Effect on Sellers

No wonder a seller with two stories, 4,000 square feet, four bedrooms and three baths on a lot with houses 20 feet on either side is having trouble selling his home.  No wonder homes from the 60’s and 70’s with vintage kitchens are not selling to the 67%.  No wonder homes on commercial streets just sit in the MLS forever.  Homes on the outer margins of the Sequim bell curve are not in high demand.

Sequim Bell Curve Effect on Inventory

All of this is also very relevant to buyers, because the inventory of homes available for retirees in the center of this Sequim bell curve have been selling, and that means the inventory available has been shrinking.  See my previous article entitled, Sequim Home Inventory Shrinking.

I’ve been telling my buyers recently, when we find the ideal home and the listing price is reasonable, don’t dilly dally.  Draft an offer and start negotiating, because you’re in the Sequim bell curve and that means someone else is gong to buy this home if you don’t.

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Sequim Water Front Home for Sale

This Sequim water front home is absolutely extraordinary, and you won’t find anything like this in our Sequim MLS, especially in these times when the inventory is so darn low. But this really is an amazing home for a number of reasons.

Sequim Water Front a Rare Find

This home is on beautiful West Sequim Bay just minutes from the east end of downtown Sequim and on a quiet cul de sac. This lot is a little further out than neighboring properties, which means you get a 180 degree panoramic water view of Sequim Bay. Here’s the narrative description in the Sequim MLS:

“This Sequim water front home is beautifully landscaped and impeccably maintained on Sequim Bay and includes separate guest quarters, large heated shop with room for a boat and RV storage, large landscaping shed, stairs to private beach, and a mooring! This property is a piece of paradise! Watch aerial video (embedded below) and three 3D virtual tours at: 1.) and 2.) and 3.) [Hint: copy and paste these URLs into your browser address to watch these interactive virtual tours of the main floor, the lower level, and the detached shop.

Sequim Water Front

I would say this aerial video of this Sequim water front home tells the whole story, but actually it only tells part of the story. You’ve got to watch the interactive three dimensional tours, and you really ought to see this home, walk the property and see the inside of this custom built home. 

You can see the Sequim MLS listing information with more photos of the inside of this Sequim water front home at: Sequim Water Front Home For Sale.

And if you would like to known more about this home or schedule a viewing, may I suggest you retain a buyer’s agent to represent you, and why not hire one of the most experienced buyer’s agents and negotiators in the northwest? Call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424 or text me at this same number. 

And lastly, because the inventory is so low and this home just went on the market, it may sell very quickly. After all, it’s hard to find a Sequim water front home for sale. Update: SOLD – This home did sell for $1.25 million. 

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10 Powerful Buyer Resources on Sequim Homes

Welcome to the 10 most powerful buyer resources of Sequim homes. Use these 10 resources, and you will see why thousands of buyers before you have raved about these resources. Why do Sequim home buyers love these resources? They were designed specifically for buyers of Sequim homes, and most of them have taken many years to develop and improve with buyers’ meticulous preferences in mind. So here they, and I hope you enjoy them.

Sequim Homes

10 Powerful Resources for Buyers of Sequim Homes

1. The best Sequim MLS site is Watch the video on that site for the quick and easy intro on using the best local MLS site to find and save your favorite homes. (This site is 100% accurate, which is not true of many national MLS sites.)

2. The best real estate blog on Sequim homes, which includes over 1,500 articles about every aspect of buying a home in the Sequim market. This blog is used every month by over 100,000 people who are looking at Sequim homes and retiring on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Bookmark Sequim Real Estate Blog.

3. The best (and only) books written just for buyers about buying Sequim homes, including Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide available on Amazon (47 chapters addressing the most important buyer concerns), Buying & Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadow in a 310 page paperback on Amazon (and now in the Kindle store entitled Buying & Selling Real Estate), Buying Your Retirement Home (in the Apple iBookstore), and How to Make an Offer (in the Apple iBookstore). Learn more about these great buyer resources at Real Estate Books.

4. The best Sequim real estate expertise for buyers of Sequim homes. What if you could find a Sequim Buyer’s Agent who had also been a real estate attorney for 20 years. You get this experience free. Imagine a broker who watches out for your best interests and protects you.

5. The best weekly newsletter for buyers of Sequim homes. This email newsletter will arrive once a week in your inbox with the latest articles about what is happening in the Sequim real estate market. There is no other more relevant free (or paid) resource for buyers.

6. The best real estate market reports for the Sequim market. Multiple reports throughout the month are published on the real estate blog.

7. The best Sequim map for buyers visiting. This map was designed by a professional map maker of three decades with my guidance to include what buyers want most on their map. The map can be ordered directly from me, or picked up free at the Sequim Chamber of Commerce. The map is so popular, the Chamber says they are flying off the shelf.

8. The best Sequim foreclosure site. It’s hard to find a clean list of foreclosures that are actually for sale. Neither nor have an accurate database of Sequim foreclosures, but I have created a site that does, and you’ll find it at Sequim Foreclosures.

9. The best database of answers to hundreds of questions buyers have been asking for 20 years in Sequim. Just type a concise phrase or word, and all the articles on that subject will instantly be available. You’ll find this at Sequim Answers. And another site with short questions and answers is also available at Sequim Real Estate Q&A.

10: The best online links to deep research on your potential properties. Some of these sites have government urls that are very hard to find, and you can’t remember the long names, so I’ve compiled the 5 most valuable local government sites for buyers of Sequim homes. Go to Sequim Real Estate Maps and Documents

Super Resources on Sequim Homes

You’ve got to believe that anyone who would create all these powerful resources over a period of many years must take customer service awful serious. And the answer is that we do. Email or call (360-775-5424) any time, but by all means use our free online resources if you are looking at Sequim homes.

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Electric Power Lines and Health Dangers

Electric power lines near a home will usually raise questions about possible health dangers. In every city or town you’ll find electric power lines or high voltage electric lines. If you’ve found a home you love and there are huge electric power lines running along the property boundary, you need a way to figure out if there are health dangers. Now there is a way.

Electric Power Lines

Electric Power Lines in Sequim

As a buyer’s agent, I’m always thinking about ways to help my buyers, and frankly we (iRealty Virtual Brokers) have more firsts than any other Sequim area brokerage. Some of our firsts include the first dedicated Sequim MLS site that is designed and programmed precisely the way buyers want it. We also have two other dedicated MLS sites with special functions for buyers. We were the first to write a book for buyers and sellers in Sequim (Buying and Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadlow followed by Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide), which are in paperback and Kindle versions. We have written many more for buyers, and to help our buyers who need to sell a home, we wrote The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home. We were the first to create a vast online network of free resources for buyers, including this blog, Sequim Real Estate Blog, with over 2,000 articles written by an experienced real estate attorney and real estate broker just for buyers. And we were first with a number of professional quality videos for buyers, the first to create an iPhone app for Sequim real estate years ago, the first to have a professional on board to handle high quality photographs, aerial videos and 3-dimensional virtual tour cameras, specifically so buyers can get the best online experience.

Electric Power Lines – Magnetic Tester

Now we have another first–a tool to measure the precise amount of electricity (or electro-magnetic waves) near electric power lines. We can take measurements anywhere on a property, so now you can know what the electric power lines emit, and you can know if the levels are dangerous or not. 

If you want to learn more about the dangers, here’s a dedicated website called Safe Space Protection where you can learn more about the health dangers of electric power lines.


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It may be hard to find the right home in Sequim, so what do you do if you’re having a hard time finding one? This article will give you the knowledge and the resources to find the right home in Sequim, and having helped many clients over the last two decades do exactly that, I’ve compiled some resources so you can find the right home in Sequim.

Home in Sequim

The Right Home in Sequim

It is harder right now to find a home in Sequim than at any time in past years, and that is because of the low inventory. Builders were not building new homes for a decade during the recession, and yet retirees came with perseverance and bought homes nearly every week day over the past decade. That created the shortage of homes in the current inventory, and many buyers are having a hard time finding a home in Sequim. Here are several steps you can take to help you reach your goal as soon as practical.

I wrote an earlier article entitled How to Find a Sequim Home, and it includes a video about using the best MLS listing site in Sequim. I recommend you read that article and watch that video. You’ll find very helpful, since it has the full inventory of all homes in Sequim, no matter who has it listed. There is a special data field that shows you if the home is still “Active” or pending (often called Active Under Contract or an abbreviation).

Search the MLS site every day, and you can also set up an email alert for new listings that fit your search parameters. When you find one that you like, email me at to ask questions and learn more about the property. You can also text me or call me at 360-775-5424. 

Home in Sequim

I will help you gather information about any home in Sequim so you can make the best of your time when you come to view homes. I will also preview any home in Sequim if you are not here but need to know more about the floor plan, the area, or anything else. I can take additional photos for you, too. 

If you email me and ask for my book, Sequim Real Estate:  A Buyer’s Guide, I’ll email you a digital copy you can download at no cost. Amazon sells paperback and Kindle versions, too.

I recommend you watch my seven part video series entitled Real Estate Videos for Buyers on Youtube.  And you’ll find over 2,000 articles written specifically for buyers at Sequim Real Estate Blog, which has many more resources in the drop down menus and the right margin.

I love what I do, helping buyers find their dream home, which for most here is their retirement home. Call me, or text or email anytime. I’ll help you find your next home in Sequim. 


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Sequim Mountain View

This home has a Sequim Mountain View or what you could also call a Port Angeles Mountain view, because it is halfway between Sequim and Port Angeles.

Sequim Mountain View

Sequim Mountain View

I suspect this home will not be on the market very long with this Sequim mountain view. This gorgeous custom built home is a brand new listing, and there’s nothing like this in the entire inventory. The main floor has everything you need to live in comfort, including the master bedroom, the laundry room, the kitchen, a second bedroom, and a den. The upstairs has two more guest bedrooms and a family room and the third bathroom. The garage is huge with room for 3 vehicles and storage. This Sequim mountain view is visible from many of the windows downstairs and upstairs.

One of the extraordinary features of this home is the architecture. This design is clearly the work of a master architect, because it flows the moment you walk in the front door. I sometimes talk about floor plans as being chaotic or just neutral, but this floor plan connects with the soul. It may be difficult to articulate, but there’s no doubt there’s a big positive emotional feeling in this home. If you have the chance to view this home with me, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

The property is located in a very peaceful location–far from the cacophony of the freeway, Highway 101. The yard is beautiful, but it’s not high maintenance, which is important for most retirees.

Sequim Mountain View of Klahanne Ridge

But there’s no doubt that one of the most appealing features of this property is the massive view of the Olympic Mountains, including Hurricane Ridge, which rises up in the back yard of this property revealing the majesty of creation. The photos cannot possibly do justice to what you see and feel in person.

Privacy is also precious, especially if you’re coming from the hustle and bustle of the Bay area or 16 lane freeways in the L.A. area. There’s nothing behind this home except trees, so you’ll never have neighbors looking at you over the fence.

You can learn more about this home, see more photos, and you can watch a three dimensional interactive virtual tour of the inside of the home at Sequim Mountain View Home. Be sure to watch the “Virtual Tour”. And you can also watch this short aerial video.

You can pay a fortune for a water view, but a great Sequim Mountain View is very pleasing to the eye, too. If you want to view this home, I highly recommend you contact me post haste, because this is precisely the kind of home and property that will likely get sold to the first who makes a full price offer.

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Sequim Homes for Sale: How Much to Offer

Looking at Sequim homes online is fun, but it is also hard work when you are on the hunt for your ideal retirement home. But what happens when you find the ideal home and want to make an offer? How much should you offer? How can you know what true fair market value really is for the home you like?

Sequim Homes

Sequim Homes for Sale

I’ve written extensively on this blog as well as in my paperback and Kindle books (and iTunes books, including the one above in the iBookstore, “Buying Your Retirement Home”) about Sequim homes and how to determine fair market value and how to decide how much to offer. Figuring out how much Sequim homes are worth is much more challenging than you might think. Why?

In a metropolitan market or any urban area with a large population, finding comparable sales for a home is easy. Where you have 10 or 20 homes just like yours that all sold within the past six months, the true fair market value of your home can be calculated within a few hundred dollars. But now look at Sequim homes in a market with a small inventory, a limited number of buyers, and where most homes built here by retirees from around the country are unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind. It is almost impossible to find any mathematical approach that will accurately show you the true fair market value of Sequim homes for sale. There may be zero comparable sales to use in a CMA (comparative market analysis).

Sequim Homes and True Fair Market Value

As I explain in Buying Your Retirement Home (and in many articles on this blog), there are several approaches to arrive at true FMV (fair market value). I use all of these methods for my buyers before I draft an offer: (more…)

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How to Find a Sequim Home

How to find a Sequim home with video help is today’s topic. I’ve talked with hundreds of buyers in the past few years, and I’ve shown hundreds of homes. I’ve helped a lot of buyers find their ideal retirement homes. In the process I’ve learned what buyers are doing to search for their homes. I think you’ll find this useful, because some are doing it right, and some are not.

How to Find a Sequim Home

How to Find a Sequim Home – The First System

Every buyer today is using the Internet to search for their next home. That’s a given. But how buyers search the Internet can be divided into two approaches. The first approach is what a majority of well intentioned buyers are doing. Because they use the Internet to search for almost everything these days, they’ve gotten pretty good at finding answers to their questions, or finding the best price for a used car, or selling something on Craigslist. So when they decide to start searching for a home, they simply jump on the Internet like they always have, and they find a couple of real estate portals and start randomly searching. 

Whatever nationally syndicated site these buyers are using, and many of these sites are full of inaccurate information, these buyers are using a chaotic approach, and it is full of traps for the unwary buyer. I understand they honestly think they have a good system, but I can promise you, it is not the best approach to finding the home you intend to live in the rest of your life. But wait, because it gets better (or worse). The majority of buyers also use a chaotic approach to finding and hiring a Sequim real estate agent. They tend to hire any agent who answers the phone without any due diligence.

How to Find a Sequim Home – The Second System

A smaller percentage of buyers are using a different approach on how to find a Sequim home. They understand that searching for a home requires some Internet savvy. So the first thing they do is find a reliable Sequim MLS site that is 100% accurate and has all the local listings, a site that is very powerful but easy to navigate. I give you

The second thing they do is find the best answers to their real estate questions. I give you the largest Sequim real estate blog with over 1,800 articles for buyers written by a veteran real estate broker and 20 year real estate attorney at Sequim Real Estate Blog

They also find more free tools and information linked from that Sequim Real Estate Blog than they can find anywhere else on the Internet answering their questions about how to find a Sequim home.

The third thing they do is qualify real estate agents, because they want someone who has the experience and competence to do a great job for them, and they also want an agent is honest and trustworthy. I recommend the articles on the real estate blog and the checklists and interview questions you’ll find there.

To get started, I suggest you watch the connected videos on the playlist above. This will help you use the Sequim MLS effectively. I hope this article hleps you answer the question on how to find a Sequim home.

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Sequim 3 Story Home

A 3 Story Home in the Sequim area is a rarity. Retirees just do not build a 3 story home, at least until now. Why? The obvious. Retirees do not like stairs. Most of my buyers are in their 50s and 60s, and while they are pretty healthy, they usually say something very similar, “We’re healthy now, but we’re thinking about when we are in our 80s. We don’t want to be walking up and down stairs to the master bedroom.”

3 Story Home

3 Story Home a Novelty in Sequim

So when I saw this 3 story home going up in Sequim, I was fascinated. Unless there’s an elevator shaft I do not see, this home has stairs galore. It appears fairly narrow, especially when you allow for staircases inside, which always take up a lot of square footage. There are both advantages and disadvantages to a 3 story home. 

The chief advantage is the view you get from the top floor. In this case, this 3 story home is facing the Olympic Mountains, and the view will be wonderful. On this particular lot, you needed a second floor or a third floor to capture the majesty of the mountain view they will have, but on many lots that are positioned with a grand panoramic view, you get an incredible view from a single level home. 

3 Story Home Disadvantage

There are significant disadvantages. The building costs increase dramatically with a 3rd floor, the heating is not as efficient as a single level, and there is the loss of useable space because of all the staircases, not to mention having to climb up and down all those darn stairs for the rest of your life. But the biggest disadvantage in an area like Sequim is that retirees don’t want to buy a 3 story home. While a 3 story home may be the cat’s meow while owned by the original builder/owner, reselling a 3 story home may be nearly impossible in Sequim. That’s just the reality of our demographics. I’m glad my home is a single level, but I’ll certainly have fun looking at this 3 story home every time I drive past it.

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President Trump. Who would have thought it was possible? Granted, there were many who hoped and many who did not want HRC to get in the White House, but honestly, who genuinely felt a President Trump was even possible? Very few. He had nearly everything going against him, except apparently American voters. But now that this election has been resolved and in January there will be a President Trump, what does that mean for the housing market and real estate in general?

President Trump

President Trump and Housing

As expected, the news late on election night that The Donald might become President Trump translated into a substantial drop in overnight trading in the Globex markets internationally. But as expected, this dramatic drop was temporary, and already today stocks and indexes, commodities, and currencies are up to where they were. But what does a President Trump mean for the future of home sales and the real estate market and economy?

By way of establishing some credibility with my readers on this subject, I have a degree in Economics with a speciality in monetary policy, a law degree and 20 years of real estate law practice, have been a registered financial advisor and certified estate planner when I was still practicing law, and I have a lifetime of business development and entrepreneurship. For the past 11 years I have run my own real estate brokerage.

President Trump and Economics

So here is my prediction of how a President Trump will impact the housing market, prices, and construction. Economically his policies as discussed in their preliminary planning are pro-growth for the construction, home building, and home sales sectors. While the man may not be an articulate politician, he certainly understands real estate. You cannot make billions of dollars in real estate unless you’re one of the best and most knowledgeable real estate experts in the world.

He understands the need for home ownership. He knows about how home ownership among the middle class was devastated in the real estate and mortgage meltdown. He understands that economic growth, jobs, and home ownership all go hand-in-hand. Whatever personal character faults the man has, he does have the real life experience of creating jobs that virtually no other president has ever had. He also understands the mortgage business and how interest rates and the cost of building supplies effect the home industry.

How he performs in International politics and social programs in the U.S. remains to be seen, but on the subject of home ownership, home prices, and the future of the real estate market, I think a President Trump is good news for buyers and sellers. I believe that buyers who have held off on making the decision to buy a home because of the uncertainty of this election, are now going to make their plans to buy their home, especially retirees who have been waiting for resolution. I think we may all be surprised at the positive impact a President Trump will have on the real estate market.

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Buying a Home Out of Town

Buying a home out of town is something worth thinking about before you arrive in Sequim or Port Angeles or Port Townsend. How far out of town are you willing to live? What if your number one home is 15 minutes from downtown Sequim? What if the home with a water view that stirs your soul is 15 minutes west of Port Angeles? What would you do?

Buying a Home Out of Town

Buying a Home Out of Town and Shopping

Convenience is an important consideration when it comes to buying a home out of town, and the further out you are, the longer the drive to the grocery store, Costco, Home Depot, WalMart, or the pharmacy. I realize I’m saying the obvious, but the reason it is worth thinking about is because some of the most incredible homes are further out on the concentric circles from our urban centers.

Sometimes a home further from town is also on the side of a mountain or high enough to have an extraordinary water view of International waters. That can also mean a steep road or driveway. We don’t get snow very often, and we can go for years without any snow, but snow and ice can happen. This is a consideration for most buyers, but even Bell Hill in Sequim has some incredibly steep roads and driveways.

Buying a Home Out of Town and Price

There is an advantage for buyers who are willing to drive 15 or more minutes to town. Can you guess what that advantage is? If you’re thinking price, you are right. As you get further out of town, price goes down. It’s a matter of supply and demand. Buyers who want to be close to shopping have to pay more for homes in higher demand. Buying a home out of town means lower demand and lower prices. A gorgeous home right in town with a great water view that sells for $750,000 might sell for $625,000 just 18 minutes out of town. That’s a $125,000 difference.

How far would you be willing to drive to save a lot of money? Maybe the only home you really love would mean buying a home out of town? It’s something worth thinking about. Buying a home out of town.


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Looking at Homes in Sequim

Yesterday I spent the day looking at homes with clients, and it was a very interesting day because of the homes we viewed. The first home was a beautiful custom built home, but there were two deal killers for my buyers. One was the view would be blocked when another home was built on the adjacent lot, and that would destroy so much of the value of this home’s appeal. The second deal killer was something a little unusual.

Looking at Homes

Looking at Homes

The main room with large windows facing the best view would normally be a room with comfortable chairs or sofas or some kind of sitting area. The idea would be that you could sit and enjoy the view. Instead the room was designed to be an exercise room only. While that is a cool idea, it is probably cool to less than 1% of the buying population. Substantial reconstruction would be required to convert it to a sitting area, so this home would not appeal to over 99% of the potential buyers in this market.

Now we get to one of my pet peeves. If you build a house so unique or with some extremely unique features, you have severely limited your ability to sell the house to the vast majority of future buyers. Granted, you have created the “perfect” retirement home for you and your spouse, but not for anyone else. Ten to twenty years later when you want to sell your home, you will enter a nightmare scenario, because you need to sell the home but cannot, and to eventually get it sold, you must take a devastating financial loss in your senior years. That was the first home we viewed.

Surprises Looking at Homes

I never get tired of looking at homes with buyers. The second home we looked at also happened to be unique, but for different reasons. It was a home with a million dollar water view, but it had small windows peeking out at the water view. The living room had little windows, the dining room had little windows, and the kitchen and bedrooms all had peek-a-boo water views. Crazy! A million dollar water view and the people who built the house did not take advantage of it with large windows! (more…)

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Modern Sequim Low Maintenance Home

Does a low maintenance home sound attractive? Sequim is famous for its Rain Shadow, but Sequim is also known for affordable housing and many who retire in Sequim love the idea of a low maintenance home and a low maintenance yard.

Sequim Low Maintenance Home 3D Virtual Tour

Low Maintenance Home

Sequim Low Maintenance Home

This home is a 5 minute drive from Safeway downtown Sequim, and yet it sits up high above Sequim in beautiful Emerald Highlands with a water view. The yard is a low maintenance yard behind the house in a fenced yard. The garage is a large double garage with room for toys. 

The house is 1,968 square feet of modern custom quality, including 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The master bedroom is very large with a walk-in closet, and the master bath is your dream bath with a double sink, shower, and deep tub.

Everything you need is on one floor, which is what most retirees want. When you drive into your garage, you carry the groceries straight into the kitchen. But there is a bonus room. There is one room with its own entrance on the lower level, and this large finished room could be just about anything you want.

See more photos and learn more about this Sequim low maintenance home.

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20 Acres and a Water View

This 20 acres comes with a beautiful custom built home and a water view of International waters. If you want privacy with no neighbors, this is it. You can walk through this entire home right now online with this 3D Virtual Tour by using your mouse or keyboard arrows. You can turn 360 degrees in any room in the house, and you can even go up the stairs to the reading room. To watch this tour, after you hit the play button below, it will load the video, and then use the full screen option in the bottom right corner. After that, you use your mouse or keyboard arrows to move throughout the house.

20 Acres Between Sequim and Port Angeles

You can’t see from the windows, but there is a long distance water view, and it’s gorgeous. This is a really impressive home, and you can enjoy the deck or walk around anywhere on this 20 acres with total privacy. Do you like to shoot skeet? Do that from your own back door. How’s that for privacy and control over your own property?

Here’s a detailed description: Water View Custom Home on 20 acres: This home has a panoramic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria B.C., Black Comb Mountain, Whistler, and the San Juan Islands. The exceptional quality of this home sets it apart from the rest with its 2 x 6 construction and upgrades that include a special insulation package called the Alaskan Package.

20 Acres and Custom Built Home

And the listing agent wrote this additional description: The kitchen is complete with ample counter and cabinet space, a large center island and breakfast bar, instant hot water, and Jenn-Air appliances. The great room boasts a Vermont Casting free standing stove, the largest free standing stove made. Due to the intentional angle of the home, the Master bedroom delightfully receives morning sun. Off the Master, there is a deck that is hot tub ready. The Master bath entertains a double sink vanity, walk-in closet, separate shower, and a Jacuzzi jetted tub. Bedroom #2 is currently used as an office and this room also has an adjoining full bath. On the opposite end of the home is a generous size guest bedroom with a full bath and private deck. There is a finished bonus/recreation room above the garage accessed from inside the house. The laundry room is conveniently located off the garage on the main floor and is complete with a 3/4 bath. The oversized garage has a full kitchen with pantry and a free-standing stove. In the event of power failure, the home is equipped with a Generac 6500 generator. There are 2 wells, one is an Artesian well. Both wells are grandfathered in so WRIA is not an issue. Water your animals and grow a garden as small or large as you like. The garden and fruit trees are productive and a green house provides a wonderful environment for growing/seedlings. There is a seasonal pond and creek. There are 5 frost free hydrants strategically placed throughout the property for easy access. RV parking, a dump, and 220v hook-up is located on the east side of the home. This home and property has so much to offer. There is a life-time supply of fire wood, an abundant amount of property to grow your own garden, raise animals of your choice, build an additional residence for extended family, the sky is the limit. For fun and challenge- there is a horse shoe range as well as a trap shooting range.

How’s that for 20 acres and a home? The price is $649,000. If you’d like to view this home, call your favorite buyer’s agent, Chuck Marunde, at 360-775-5424. See the full listing at a Home on 20 Acres. The listing will remain online until it is sold and closed.

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Sequim Homes on Zillow

Zillow homes in Sequim can be viewed online, including homes sold. You can even enlarge a Zillow map of homes sold and open specific homes to see the history, the sales price, the photos, and more. Here is a Zillow map of homes sold by Chuck Marunde. Click on the map to go to the interactive map of homes sold. Use your mouse to enlarge and move the map and to open the full history and photos of homes.

Sequim Homes

Zillow Homes

Zillow has some nice features, and many buyers are using Zillow to search for their Sequim home, but there is a caution. A lot of the Zillow data is incorrect, and in some cases grossly incorrect. I like the convenience of all the Zillow information on homes listed and sold, but I do recommend adding a local Sequim MLS site to your search so that you can look at the actual listing information on a specific home as posted by the local listing Realtor. You’ll find this site at Sequim MLS.

Zillow Homes in Sequim

You can pull up up all the Sequim homes for sale and their sales history directly on Zillow at Sequim Homes on Zillow.

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Homes Sold More Than Once

Some homes are on the market a long time before they sell, but some homes are sold once, twice, and even three times, like this home. I sold this home three times in the past two years. The first time it was a foreclosure, and it was really a disaster. The elderly woman who owned it, abandoned it and let it go into foreclosure. She moved out and left her furniture and personal possessions. It took over a year for the bank to complete the foreclosure. 


Homes Remodeled

My clients bought this home when others thought it was hopeless. They completely remodeled the home, inside and out, and turned it into a beautiful modern home. The next buyers had decided to move to Sequim, although the husband had a chiropractic practice in Silverdale, an hour away. After about 6 months of living in the home, their own adult children were moving to Silverdale, and they decided to buy a home closer to their children, so they put this home on the market.

Homes Selling

I sold it a third time for $239,000. Since the inventory for 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes is very limited, this was a good price for a 1,450 square foot home without a garage. It sits on almost one acre in a quiet and peaceful area near the end of a cul de sac a few miles northwest of downtown Sequim. 

You can see what the current inventory looks like by viewing this list of all active Sequim MLS listings of 3 bedroom homes from $225,000 to $275,000: Sequim Homes.

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When you look at older homes and newer homes, whether it is in Sequim, Port Angeles, or Port Townsend, there is major distinction you should make as a buyer, or you could find out after you move into the home that you paid too much. No one talks about this, so today I hope this will help you avoid overpaying for your dream home.

Older Homes

Older Homes v. Newer Homes

Here’s the trap of comparing older homes with newer homes. You walk into an older home, and your first impression is good. You may say, “This is nice. I like it.” Everything seems to be good. For example, take a look at this kitchen in the photo. It looks pretty good, doesn’t it? There are things we just don’t see when we are looking at homes, but they become apparent when we start living in the home. This kitchen is a remodel in a 1976 home. Can you see why this kitchen doesn’t compare with the kitchen in a newer home?

Older Homes and Construction or Remodeling

I don’t expect you to be able to identify all of them just from this photo, but many would be missed by the average buyer looking at 5 or 6 homes in the same day. First, the cabinets are cheap cabinets. They are not even designed for this kitchen. They are probably spare cabinets that were purchased at a discount sale. The top cabinet on the far right is a “hanging cabinet” that exposes a large blank side toward the dining room. The cabinet is actually a corner cabinet, and is sadly misplaced. In addition, there is actually very little functional cabinet space in this kitchen. You can’t tell from the photo, but the wood floor is desperately in need of refinishing, and it doesn’t match the wood floor in the adjoining living room, which was remodeled much later.

Newer homes will have a kitchen that was designed specifically for that space, and the cabinets will all fit seamlessly. This may not be immediately noticeable when you are looking at older homes, but this is important. 

What’s the point? The kitchen in this photo would cost $25,000 to $40,000 to bring it up to the same quality and functionality as the kitchen in a newer home. Unfortunately, the listing prices of older and newer homes are often the same. Do not miss things like this when you are looking at newer homes and comparing them to older homes.

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New Listing 3 BR 2 Bath Close to Town

There’s a new listing in town, and it is not far from downtown Sequim. This new listing has a remodeled kitchen that you’ve got to see. While this home is only 1,500 square feet plus a 500+ square foot garage, it is a very affordable home for the Sequim market. And it is only about a 4 minute drive to downtown and even closer to the 5th Avenue medical and dental facilities.

New Listing

New Listing in Sequim

You can look at all the photos and learn more about the features of this home at New Listing in Sequim. The lot is a little bigger than a quarter acre and the back yard is all fenced with a deck, with lush green grass and a few trees. There’s an outbuilding for storage, and space alongside the house for a boat or motor home.

New Listing Will Sell Quickly

Why would I suggest that this new listing in Sequim will sell quickly? Because homes like this in this price range are selling quickly, and some for full price right away and others for a little more than the listing price. If you want to see what is available in the Sequim MLS, here is a link to all of the 3 bedroom, 2 bath site-built homes between 1400 and 1800 square feet priced from $250,000 to $275,000: Old and New Listing. To see any of the homes on this list, call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424 or text.

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Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
Founder and Broker of
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
125 Olympic Ranch Ln, Sequim, WA
(360) 775-5424

From Los Angeles

It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

From Seattle

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past three years in selling my parent's estate. It was a tough time to sell during the housing recession, but Chuck always kept things on the positive side. With his real estate law background, he offers sound, practical advice. He helps you along with the process using discussions and reason, rather than opinions and speculations. If Chuck doesn’t know the answers, he will get them for you. In several instances, Chuck took the initiative to meet with county officials to get up-to-date facts about zoning and regulations. I was always impressed with his company’s tech savvy communi-cations and internet presence: weekly email updates, blogs, videos, links, Linked-in networking, etc. He is truly pioneering the future of buying & selling real estate. Brian M.

From Florida

We do our homework for the task at hand and we look for and expect to enlist partners that do the same. It was our good fortune to select Chuck Marunde of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate to represent us as a buyer's broker in our search for a home in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. Chuck's site is all encompassing and super fast compared to many others, he knows the market at every conceivable level and his guidance through the process of selecting and purchasing a home is priceless - above and beyond that of anyone with whom we have ever worked. Add to all this his 20 year background in real estate law and you have discovered a superb asset in the adventure of purchasing a home. Greg and Marilyn

From Gilroy California

As an out of state buyer unfamiliar with the area, it was important to me not only to have a real estate agent who knew the area well, but also one who knew the value of the properties. I chose Chuck because he is also a real estate lawyer and it is reassuring to have that extra degree working for you. I selected the houses I was interested in on line before taking a two day trip to Sequim to look at them in person. I sent my list to Chuck, who gave me feedback, then organized our tour so we could see 16 properties in a short time. He was very accommodating, driving me all over Sequim, and rescheduling appointments when we fell behind on our time. On day two, I found my home and we drafted an offer on it that evening. By the time I arrived back home on the plane the next evening, my offer had been accepted. Chuck was honest about what it would take to get me into my new home, while having my back the entire transaction. Since I was unable to relocate immediately after closing, he and his assistant Ade, have been taking care of many additional responsibilities for me. He was a pleasure to work with. Chris D.

From Corona California

The best decision I made, once I settled on Sequim as the ideal place to spend the rest of my days, was to hook up with Chuck Marunde as my broker/go-to guy. He happily took on the entire complicated merry-go-round associated with a long distance move that involved selling in Southern California (with a different agent) and buying in Sequim – all in the span of just over a month. The unexpectedly quick sale of my previous home was already a week into a 30 day escrow when I got to Sequim for my house hunt. We had two days to find my slice of heaven. And day one was less than stellar, each home having at least one major issue. The killer was the dream home that turned out to be an unmitigated disaster once we got inside. I was crushed. Chuck had his work cut out for him that night. And he worked his magic. On day two there was one beautiful possibility, but not quite right. Suffice to say, in the early afternoon we pulled into a driveway and the first words out of my mouth were “That’s my house.” 29 days later I took possession of my new home. Every sale has its issues, but throwing in the complications of a short escrow on top of 1200 miles of separation from all documentation, etc. gives new meaning to “challenging”. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge coupled with a great sense of humor, Chuck was able to keep me on an even keel when things got dicey. He knows when to step in and when to let it evolve. I cannot imagine making this move without him. Rebecca B.
Sequim Real Estate

From Bakersfield California

"During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally

From Los Alamos New Mexico

"Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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From Sun Lakes Arizona

"We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

From California

"Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

From Sequim

I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

From The Netherlands

"We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

From Fremont California

We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

From Fontana California

My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

From Tacoma

Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

From Wendell Idaho

My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

From Sequim

"Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

From Seattle

I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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From Sequim to California

"In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva

Who is Chuck Marunde?

Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past seven years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.
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